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Monthly Update, May 2018.

Monthly Update, May 2018.

The David Edward Hughes Memorial Lecture was delivered this year by our Curator, David Crawford. 

His subject was 'The Technology of the Gramophone and the Development of the 78RPM Record' and he gave an insight into the development of sound recording in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. He outlined the Acoustic Period, 1880-1925, when Thomas Edison and Alexander Graham Bell invented cylinder records, and later, Emile Berliner invented flat records. The cylinder records were technically better than the flat ones, but it was possibl

e to produce hundreds of copies of the flat ones at a time, which is why they succeeded at the expense of the cylinders. We listened to classical music on a 78RPM record on a HMV gramophone, David had wound up earlier.

 

In 1925, electrical recording began, and this was the beginning of the Electrical Period, 1925-1960. They began to record music to coincide with films in the cinema through the Vitaphone Project and later, vinyl records were developed. Alan Blumlein invented stereo records and this technology is still being used today. Did you know that the name of the dog used to advertise His Master's Voice records was 'Nipper'?

 

David thanked the audience for their support which enabled the Museum to buy a new projector.

 

As you can see in the next photograph, Martyn, our new volunteer, is working to restore an old Osram Music Magnet Three radio. This radio was produced around 1929 as a package of components with instructions, for the amateur. This particular radio was presented to the Museum by Geraint from North West England, who visited the Wireless in Wales stand at the National Eisteddfod in Denbigh 2013. We hope that Martyn will succeed in getting it to work again!

We warmly welcome everyone to the next lectures in our series, which will take place at the Museum at 7.00 p.m.:

May 18th, "Mining in North East Wales", by Alan Jones.

June 15th, "Broadcasting in Wales", by Ifor ap Glyn.

June 22nd, in Welsh, "The Effectiveness and Safety of Medication", by Professor Dyfrig Hughes.

 

Our Coffee Morning and Plant Stall this year will be on June 2nd at Eirianfa, 10.00-12.00, along with Vale of Clwyd Mind and Denbigh Museum.

 

 

Monthly update, April 2018

Monthly update, April 2018

 

"Broadcasting in the 80's on Radio Havana Cuba" was Lila Haines's subject when she came to talk to us at the Museum in February. She worked on the island as a correspondent and journalist on the English Language broadcasts from 1988 until 1992, a period of major political changes around the world. There were six national radio stations in Cuba at the time, and Radio Havana was the official government station, broadcasting in nine languages. Lila had an opportunity to present and edit the news on the radio, attend international conferences and meet celebrities like Castro himself. She talked about the 29,000 children transported to Cuba to be cared for after the Chernobyl explosion, and the food parcels sent to Eastern Europe after the Fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989. In the same year, some of Cuba's leading people were punished and executed, including General Arnaldo Ochoa, for being involved in drug cartels. Lila was presenting the News live on the radio when she received an announcement from Washington, announcing the beginning of the First Gulf War. In 1991 Nelson Mandela visited Cuba and Lila has a photograph of him which she took on that occasion.

Since leaving the island, Lila has worked for the Assembly in Cardiff and Oxfam. She is currently Chair of Fairtrade for Wales, (go to fairtradewales.com) and she works freelance. Here's a picture of Lila, with Suna who was in Berlin when the Wall fell!

 

 

During the period 20/04/18 - 30/06/18 one of our radios will be displayed at 

Wrexham Museum as part of the North East Wales Heritage Forum Exhibition, "100 Objects". It is a Foulkes regenerative receiver, made and sold at the Foulkes Shop in Rhyl, c. 1926. It has 4 valves and is powered by batteries. Here's

 a picture of the radio and the shop:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Everyone is welcome to the next lectures in our series, which will take place at the Museum at 7.00 p.m.:

April 20th, "The Sea Tragedies of the 'Ocean Monarch'and the 'Lelia'", by Tony Griffiths and Keith Mountain.
April 27th, in Welsh, "T.H. Parry-Williams and the Subconscious ", by Ioan Talfryn.
May 18th, "Mining in North East Wales", by Alan Jones.
June 15th, "Broadcasting in Wales", by Ifor ap Glyn.
June 22nd, in Welsh, "The Effectiveness and Safety of Medication", by Dyfrig Hughes.
Our Coffee Morning and Plant Stalls this year will be on June 2nd at Eirianfa, 10.00-12.00, along with Vale of Clwyd Mind and Denbigh Museum.

 

I wonder how many of you heard Geraint Lloyd, Radio Cymru, chatting about Wireless in Wales with Ioan Talfryn at 11.30 p.m. on Monday, 19/02/18? The clip is still on Radio Cymru's website. It is evident that people in the media browse the local papers regularly.
 
Thanks to the Bigwn for the publicity!

Monthly Update, March 2018

Monthly Update, March 2018

 

We had a very interesting lecture on January 19th when John Clark visited the Museum for the second time to talk about his hobby, Making Jewels. He gave us an outline of the historical background of metals, with particular reference to the Ancient Egyptians and their amazing skills smelting and working on gold to make jewellery and tools 2330 b.c. Evidence of this is found in pictures and hieroglyphics on tomb walls of the period. In the picture from Mereruka's tomb below, there are six men blowing gold.

 

 

John talked about different metals, and the way to grade gold. He explained that pure gold is 24 carat, and that the 'white' gold which is popular currently, is a mix of gold, possibly 18 carat, with another metal, such as silver. He showed pictures of the rings, brooches and earrings he had created, and it was nice to see his wife, Sue, wearing examples.

 

 

As you can see, the Radio Museum has an iconic battery-powered Pop Art Radio from the 70's. The loudspeaker is mounted in the letter "O" and there is a telescopic antenna at the rear.

It can receive FM and MW stations and it was possible to buy the radio in red, blue or gold.

 

Ifor ap Glyn's lecture on "Broadcasting in Wales" has had to be postponed until June 15th. The David Edward Hughes annual lecture on March 16th will be delivered by David Crawford, the Museum Curator, and his subject will be
'The Development of the 78RPM Gramophone Record '. 

 

The other lectures in the series are:

April 20th, "The Sea Tragedies of the 'Ocean Monarch'and the 'Lelia'", by Tony Griffiths and Keith Mountain.

April 27th, "T.H. Parry-Williams and the Subconscious ", by Ioan Talfryn.

May 18th, "Mining in North East Wales", by Alan Jones.

The lectures start at 7.00 p.m. and there are light refreshments to follow.

 

Our Coffee Morning this year will be on June 2nd at Eirianfa, 10.00-12.00, along with Vale of Clwyd Mind and Denbigh Museum.

 

A warm welcome is extended to everyone.

 

 

Monthly Update, February 2018

Monthly Update, February 2018

 

Wireless in Wales Museum has a single television receiver, the Bush TV12B which has a nine inch screen, 18 valves and a cathode ray tube. This is the television you usually see on television programmes depicting life in the early 1950's. It had a large number of controls to control focus, brightness, contrast etc., and these had to be adjusted as the night wore on and as the components became hotter.

This television receiver was released in September 1949, at the same time as the start of BBC Television from Sutton Coldfield in the Midlands, the first time television was extended outside London. It was designed to receive television signals from Sutton Coldfield on channel 4 VHF only, and it worked only in that region. By 1950, the BBC was beginning to establish a network of television stations across the country, and Bush produced the TV22 which was able to receive BBC TV from anywhere - on channel 5 VHF in Cardiff for example.

 

 

In 1955, independent broadcasting began on new channels, 6 to 13, which meant that the old BBC only television sets could not receive the new broadcasts. So a range of converters, set top boxes, were produced to plug into the televisions, so that they could receive ITV. Here is a picture of a 'set top box' for the Murphy television set. 

 

 

 

A warm welcome to everyone to the next lectures in our series:

February 16th, "Broadcasting in the 1980's at Radio Havana Cuba", by Lila Haines.

March 16th, "Development of the 78RPM Gramophone Record, by David Crawford, Curator of the Museum. This will be the David Edward Hughes annual lecture.

April 20th, "The Sea Tragedies of the 'Ocean Monarch'and the 'Lelia'", by Tony Griffiths and Keith Mountain.

April 27th, a Welsh lecture on "Sir T. H. Parry-Williams and the Subconcious" by Ioan Talfryn.

May 18th, "Mining in North East Wales", by Alan Jones.

The lectures start at 7.00 p.m. and there are light refreshments to follow.

 

 

Monthly update, January 2018

Monthly Update, January 2018  

 

The period before Christmas was a very busy one in the Museum.

 

On November 17th, Cliff Kearns and Clwyd Wynne came to speak to us about Cliff's new book, 'A Town at War - Denbigh and the Western Front'.  The book is based on the experiences of his father, Joe, in the First World War but it is a book which highlights the relationship which existed between Denbigh and the Western Front, even though they were a great distance from each other.  Joseph Kearns was a trainee reporter with the Free Press and he joined the Welch Fusiliers when he was 16 years old.  Because of his reporting skills and his ability to use short-hand and Morse code he was sent to the front lines with Senior Officers.  Within the year, he had been killed.  His name is recorded in a quotation from the Free Press, December 4th, 1915, along with 187 other young men from the area who were killed in the Great War.

 

The Campaign for S4C' was Angharad Tomos's subject when she visited the Museum on Friday evening, November 24th.  She described her experience arriving at Aberystwyth University during the Welsh Language Society's campaign for a Welsh television channel for Wales.  She had no interest in the broadcasting world, but since Saunders Lewis had said that "Television is the greatest killer of the Welsh language", she decided that she had to join the campaigning.  Her first task, after being at University for only five days, was to climb Crystal Palace television mast in London and being sent to prison for five days.  In 1977 she broke into the Winter Hill televison transmitter, near Manchester, and she was arrested by the Police.  Their question was, "What is your link with the IRA?"  After the 1979 referendum Gwynfor Evans decided to starve himself to death if Wales was not given a Welsh channel, and the people of Wales refused to pay their television licences.  Because of this, Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher decided to allow the setting up of a fourth channel which would include Welsh programmes.  S4C commenced on Friday evening, November 1st, 1982, with great celebrations.  By today, however, because of the lack of growth which has followed the financial cuts, the campaigning has restarted, and some people are refusing to pay their television licences once again.  They maintain that it is 'high time to devolve broadcasting to Wales'.

  

 

 

 

 Thank you to everyone who supported our Coffee Morning on December 2nd.  Over £600 was raised for MaryDei, Vale of Clwyd Mind and the Museum.

 

 

Here are the next lectures in our series for the new year.

January 19th, "Making Jewels", by John Clark.

February 16th, "Broadcasting in the 1980s at Radio Havana Cuba", by Lila Haines.

March 16th, "Broadcasting in Wales", by Ifor ap Glyn. This will be the David Edward Hughes Annual Lecture.

April 20th, "The Sea Tragedies of the Ocean Monarch and the Lelia", by Tony Griffiths and Keith Mountain.

April 27th, a Welsh lecture on Sir T. H. Parry-Williams by Ioan Talfryn.

 

The lectures start at 7.00 p.m. and are followed by light refreshments. A warm welcome to everyone.

Events

The museum organises regular monthly talks in English or Bilingual.  We also organise several talks in Welsh annually. The talks are usually on a Friday and start at 7pm. Upcoming Events are listed below with the talks emphasized.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

HLF Project

The 2 year project to develop our learning provision came to an end in April 2013.  It was funded by the Heritage Lotetry Fund and enabled us to have 3 part time members of staff to develop learning resources, improve learning displays, organise events, visits to the museum etc.  Further details available by clicking on Projects in the main menu above or by clicking here.Lottery Logo